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Lassen National Forest Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Now

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

It’s that time of year! Christmas tree permits for Lassen National Forest are available through December 20th at various district offices in our area, or tree permits can also be purchased through the mail.

Each $10 permit allows for the cutting of one tree on Forest lands before December 25th. The maximum number of permits allowed per household is two. Along with the permit, buyers will be provided a map showing cutting areas, requirements and helpful tips.

Although tree cutting is permitted through December 25th, officials recommend cutting early in the season before higher elevations become snowbound. Trees can stay fresh for several weeks when properly cared for.

“We recommend cutting early in the season before higher elevations become covered in snow,” said Deb Bumpus, LNF Forest Supervisor. “Properly cared-for trees can stay fresh for several weeks.”

Permits are available for purchase at all Lassen National Forest District Offices, Old Station Visitor Center, the Headquarters, and by mail. Lassen National Forest is encouraging visitors to use the mail-in method for easier processing and to avoid waiting in lines.

The fillable order form is available on the Lassen National Forest website https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lassen/passes-permits (see “Christmas Tree Permit” section).

Submit your mail-in requests to the nearest Lassen N.F. Office; it must be received no later than December 6th. Please write “Christmas Tree Permit” on the envelope to ensure proper handling.

Local fourth grade students with a valid Every Kid Outdoors Pass can receive one Christmas Tree Permit for free. Please contact your local office for more information.

Tree cutters must ensure that the tree permit tag is visible at all times during transport of the tree. The permit must be attached to the tree and sealed in such a manner that the permit must be cut or the seal broken to be removed. A transportation permit from the local Sheriff’s Office is required if transporting more than five trees in the same vehicle.

Tree cutters are reminded to be prepared for sudden weather changes and for colder conditions at higher elevations.

One helpful hint is to bring an old tarp in which to wrap the tree during transport. The tarp helps to prevent broken branches and other damage to the tree as it’s removed from the forest. The tarp can also help protect against wind damage on the way home.

To help keep a tree fresh once it arrives home, cut two inches from the bottom and place it in water. Keep the tree watered and in a shady spot outside until it’s time to bring it inside.

Finding a Christmas Tree can be a fun family adventure on the Lassen National Forest ~photo provided

Finding a Christmas Tree can be a fun family adventure on the Lassen National Forest ~photo provided

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